The Weight of Your Love (Deluxe Version)

The Weight of Your Love (Deluxe Version)

Editors—an alt-rock band from Birmingham, England—came to Nashville to work with Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King on their fourth studio album. This is also the band's first release without lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz and with new members Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams. Editors have always sounded like a loose mixture of British influences. The first single here, "A Ton of Love," recalls Echo & The Bunnymen with its earnest, stadium-striving sound. The synths are present but not as glacially dominating as on 2009's In This Light and on This Evening. "What Is This Thing Called Love" kicks singer Tom Smith's voice up an octave; the resulting rough falsetto opens up the band's sound for a U2-like grand gesture. The trick here is avoiding the easy listening terrain walked by Coldplay, and Editors do their best to keep the energy flowing with songs like "Two Hearted Spider," "Formaldehyde," and "Bird of Prey." The deluxe version adds three studio tracks, two acoustic versions, and a documentary on the making of the album.

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